ISM-Charlotte Spring Conference 2017 was a HUGE Success

On March 31st, ISM-Charlotte had its annual Spring Conference at the beautiful Ingersoll Rand campus in Davidson, NC.  The theme this year was “Sustainability in Supply Chain” and we were honored to have several influential speakers who are making key changes within their organizations and the supply chain community. 

Tim Regan, Director Global L&D Strategic Programs from Teleflex Medical kicked off the event by discussing what Supply Chain Sustainability really means. Just because it may be “green” doesn’t mean it is sustainable, an example Tim brought to our attention was bamboo floors and that they have to be exported from Asia which can lead to them being non sustainable.

Amy Keister, VP Consumer Engagement at Compass Group went in depth with her work to provide sustainably sourced food for her company’s clients.  This is no small endeavor, since Compass Group is the largest contract foodservice company in the world.  She and her team worked hard to partner with clients and even competitors to create positive change, such as minimize food waste by donating excess to those in need coupled with informing the public on appropriate expiration dates. 

After lunch was provided, afternoon breakout sessions gave attendees the option to choose between three excellent presentations.  Holly Emerson, Senior Sustainability Analyst at Ingersoll Rand discussed the evolution of sustainability in corporations, Max Fulginiti, Executive Recruiter from Ajilon, spoke on supply chain staffing in 2017, and Deborah Williams, Senior Director-Supplier Diversity at Premier, Inc., shared the importance and benefits of supplier diversity in the marketplace. 

Rick Kaglic, Senior Regional Economist at The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond wrapped up the event with an overview of the latest economic trends for the Carolinas in comparison to the rest of the country.  His humor and clever anecdotes made the timely economic information interesting and relatable. 

Overall the conference was a success with over 70 attendees, great speakers and plenty of time for networking with colleagues in supply chain management. The Spring Conference for 2018 will be in March as well.